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Aquilomyces patris
Aquilomyces patris strain DSE4099 culture on PDA medium (left), septate hyphae and microsclerotia in leek root (artificial inoculation) (right). Scale bar 20 µm. Photos: Dániel G. Knapp, Alexandra Pintye

This genome was sequenced as part of the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project - Deep Sequencing of Ecologically-relevant Dikarya. Within the framework of this project, we are sequencing keystone lineages of saprophytic, mycorrhizal, and endophytic fungi that are of special ecological importance. Dozens of sequenced species were harvested from Long Term Observatories to serve as the foundation for a reference database for metagenomics of fungi and for a comprehensive survey of the soil fungal metatranscriptome.

Aquilomyces patris

The species Aquilomyces patris belongs to the family Morosphaeriaceae (Pleosporales, Dothideomycetes) and is considered an anamorphic pleosporalean ascomycete without conidia nor spore production. The fungus colonizes poplar roots in woody patches of grassland ecosystems in Hungary, from where A. patris strain DSE4099 also originates. The species is a member of the enigmatic dark septate endophytes (DSE) that dominate the fungal root microbiome of grasses of the Eurasian steppe belt and North American prairies, and are generally frequent in semiarid and arid environments. They colonize roots with pigmented dark hyphae and form intracellular microsclerotia in root tissues. Aquilomyces patris colonizes the economically important poplar and due to their potential positive effect on plant nutrient uptake, performance, survival and induced resistance of host plants, this DSE might help us to gain insight into these important mechanisms of this less understood plant-fungal symbiosis.

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master paper(s).